Black Box Theatre Company

Black Box Theatre Company

Dandelion Child

Scholarship Award

in honor of Nanci S. Milam


The Dandelion Child Scholarship Award is in honor of Nanci S. Milam who influenced the creation of the Black Box Theatre by always encouraging young people to find their light through art, literature, writing, and music. Her words, in our original mission, continue to guide our programming and teaching style. 

Theatre is the house of life.  It is not this thing or that thing, but rather it can be anything. Through the vehicle of theatre we cannot hope to be everything, but we can be something; something special, specific, and significant.   

In her life, Nanci shared her light to encourage young people to follow their passions; many of whom went on to make careers as writers, musicians, lawyers, teachers, and performers. It is in her spirit that this scholarship award is formed.  The intended purpose of the award is to remind young people, especially those who have an artist’s heart, that their contribution to the world is special and significant.

Honorees of the Dandelion Child Scholarship will be chosen from applications each spring and awarded to honorees who, like Nanci, have interest in a study or a career in art, theatre, acting, music, music production, literature, languages, education and/or writing. Two groups of candidates are eligible to submit an application. Those students just finishing high school (graduating seniors) and those students who are four years post high school graduation pursuing interest in the arts.  (Spring 2024 Eligible Dandelion Child Scholar Students: High School Graduating Class of 2024 and 2020)

Application Opens February 1, 2024 and Closes April 1, 2024 at 11:59pm

About Nanci

Nanci S. Milam graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor of arts degree in French and English literature. She started with TRC Recording and spent 28 years as an operations and production manager for Aire Born Recording Studio, another 10 years with Bonneau Production Company, and was a partner in Cascella Cinemusic. A versatile talent, Nanci was a published lyricist and songwriter, short story author, novelist, and editor. She spent 25 years of her life as a resident of Lebanon.

The name of the program is influenced by one of Nanci’s poems: 

Emily Fair

Dandelion Child
Dancing on air
A kiss at life
A laugh of care
Cloth of bold color
Invisible thread
Weaving mystery inside her head.

Bright as daybreak
Gentle of heart
Willow in the Wind.

Nanci S. Milam, Aire Born Recording Director of Operations, teaches Black Box students the process of studio recording before their hands-on application in front of the microphones.
Black Box students recording voice-overs and songs during their class at Aire Born Recording.

Information for Applicants


The Dandelion Child Scholarship Award is open to Black Box Theatre Company/YMCA Stage Star students who have performed (on- or off-stage) in two major shows or completed three or more classes. Awards will be considered for those students just finishing high school (graduating seniors) and those students who are 4 years beyond high school pursuing interest in the arts.  

Spring 2024 Eligible Dandelion Child Scholar Students: High School Graduating Class of 2024 and 2020.

How to Apply
Applications are accepted year round, starting February 1st with a deadline of April 1st each cycle. Applications should be submitted online.
The number and amount of awards issued annually will be determined by a scholarship committee and based on available resources in the scholarship fund. (2024 Award will be split among chosen honorees.) The committee will consist of: Emily Milam Wolfgang, Nanci’s daughter and Black Box Theatre Company founder; One Black Box board member, and two community members (Emily will recuse herself during the 2025 and 2026 cycle.)